Real-Life Transformer Will Be Big Enough to Juggle Cars
The robot will be powered by a diesel engine that generates hydraulic pressure in order to juggle large objects. Since juggling requires advanced hand-eye coordination, it will necessarily be operated by a human Pacific Rim-style. The human operator will be inside the robot's head and will juggle in real time, spurring the robot's imitative movements.
Computer simulation of the juggling robot:
[Credit: The BugJuggler]
The team, headed by Dan Granett, a former engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, is still seeking financing to build the finished product, but expects to build a human-sized prototype that will serve as proof of concept within 60 days. It will be 8 feet tall and will be able to catch and throw objects up to 250 lbs.